When Every Second Counts
We know that a trip to the Emergency Department can be frightening, which is why our goal is to ensure patients get the right treatment in a timely manner. The Emergency Department at Wayne Memorial Hospital is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is staffed by highly skilled emergency medicine physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and technicians who work in close collaboration with laboratory, radiology, and pulmonary medical professionals to be sure you and your loved ones receive the best care possible in an emergency.
Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, advanced medical technology, experience, and compassion, we treat over 50,000 patients annually. The most common complaints and diagnoses include chest pains, heart failure, abdominal pain, lacerations, and complications from diabetes. In response to every emergency, the Wayne Memorial Hospital emergency team provides the broadest spectrum of care with compassion.
If you have a life-threatening emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
Our 22 emergency rooms include four specialized rooms designated for cardiac and trauma emergencies, and are staffed and equipped to care for a variety of emergency medical conditions. Levels of care range from assessment and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries to the initiation of advanced life support measures for patients of all ages. We also work closely with emergency services throughout the community to prepare for any disaster or other emergency situation that might affect Wayne County and the surrounding areas.
When You Arrive
Our team of healthcare professionals will make every effort to serve you as quickly as possible. When you arrive in the Emergency Department, you can expect to be welcomed by a triage nurse who will prioritize how quickly you need treatment based upon national emergency medicine standards. This decision is made based on a history of your illness, symptoms you are having, and medical history, pain level, and medications you are taking. The Emergency Department does not function on a first-come, first-served basis; patients requiring the most urgent care are seen first.
However, despite our best efforts, there may be times when your wait to see a care provider in the Emergency Department may be prolonged due to a high number of patients seeking medical attention. We appreciate your patience. If you are required to wait, we ask that if your condition changes and you begin to feel worse, tell the triage nurse at once. When you do go to the treatment area, please remember that the same principle applies. The order of your physician visit, lab tests, X-rays, and other procedures is determined by the seriousness of your condition compared to that of other patients.
Evaluation & Discharge
Once we receive your test results, your doctor will further evaluate your condition and either discharge you or admit you to the Hospital. Upon discharge from the Emergency Department, you will receive written care instructions to follow at home. Please be sure to ask questions if anything is unclear to you. If you are admitted to the Hospital, a physician will be contacted to complete the admission process. Emergency Department providers do not admit patients to the Hospital.
Emergency medicine is something that you never think about until you need it. The Emergency Department at Wayne Memorial Hospital is here for you.